EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 26, 2013

Legislative delegation to discuss state aid

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER – State aid will no doubt be on the agenda for Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting.

State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, and state Reps. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, and James Lyons, R-Andover, are expected to attend the board’s meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Town Hall.

Lyons, whose district includes Precincts 6, 7 and 8, has often called for increasing aid to cities and towns.

Finance Director Lyne Savage, recently promoted from the post of town accountant, is scheduled to give a six-month financial status report. The town is now more than halfway through the fiscal year that ends June 30.

The selectmen plan to discuss energy conservation measures. Town Manager Andrew Maylor has called for borrowing $4,049,000 to pay for more efficient lighting and heating systems as well as other improvements to town-owned buildings.

The June 12 Town Meeting rejected a similar request. This year’s Town Meeting, scheduled for May 21, will be asked to back a series of energy conservation projects.

Maylor will be talking to the selectmen about the five-year capital improvement plan, which calls for making $20 million worth of improvements to roads, the water and sewer systems, sidewalks and other infrastructure.

Paul Boulanger and Kathleenw Gallagher, proprietors of Turtle Lane Maple, are slated to appear before the selectmen to ask for permission to tap town-owned trees.